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    Birdlovers: any ideas what these are?


    Sorry about the picture quality - only had a moment to snap this through a mosquito screen.

    These two fellas came and perched on my balcony this morning. Any idea what they are?

    They have pink rumps and medium long tails. They're quite small - bigger than a sparrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VampireSkunk
    ...any ideas what these are?

    Sorry about the picture quality - only had a moment to snap this through a mosquito screen.
    I have seen those birds before, but I don't remember their name now...

    Btw, i don't know if I was concentrating too much on that picture or what...

    Maybe it's just my imagination or the fact that you took that picture through a mosquito screen, but the more I look at the bird on the right, the more I can see guinness618 avatar in there.

    I pasted the avatar on the right side of that 2nd bird, so you can see I am not making this up.

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    Sal, at first I thought you'd been at the Guinness for too long.

    Then I looked again, and.... you're not wrong

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    It looks like some sort of Jay, but they are about 11 inches long.. so I guess it can't be.

    Whereabouts did you see it (in the US I guess!)
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    Thanks Dynamoo

    I'm not good at judging length - I guess these would be aobut 8 or 9 inches including the tail

    I'm in northern Thailand.

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    All of my bird reference books are for North America, but it seems there are a lot of similar birds. I couldn't find these guys, but will keep looking. I actually am working on putting up a site where people can post bird photos and others will come identify them
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    Quote Originally Posted by VampireSkunk
    I'm in northern Thailand.
    Oh well where you are makes a big difference!

    They are.. Red-whiskered Bulbul then I think. My bird book says that they are often found in pairs, they are also found in parts of Florida, California and Australia as well as India and South-East Asia.
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    Thanks 'Moo - don't think that's it, though. These are brown all over and they don't have the red face patches. The 'vent area' (as Wikipedia puts it - is that a technical term?) is more pink than red. Size is about right. Their call is kind of a single chirrup. Friendly sounding.

    Edited to add: their face is white in the picture, maybe my memory is playing tricks - thought they were light brown in front.
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    You can just see the red areas behind the eyes in the photo.. it's quite faint.

    There are a few varieties of that species though, Google Images shows some of the variety.
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    Well, whatever it is, I wish we had some here. Cool.
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    If you are in Thailand, it is possible it is a type of Bulbul. Maybe the White-throated Bulbul. Just guessing.

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    This is it:

    Red-Whiskered Bulbul

    Dynamoo was right - thanks everyone.
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    That comes up 403.

    The most exotic birds I see in my garden are pheasants, and rarely a woodpecker and barn owl!
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    Sorry, try this.

    Don't have a garden here.

    Other birds I see are tiny - half the size of a sparrow, light yellowish-brown. No pictures though. They don't stay still long enough.

    Must be cool to have an owl in the garden.
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    pretty sure those are birds...good guess!!

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    "pretty sure those are birds"
    lol

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    wudnt have seen it til u pointed it out but you're right lol

    Strange lookin lil fellas. Woulda guessed the blue jay or woodpecker family. We've got lots of birds that visit out lawn. Probably the monster pine tree may be reason. Have of course my cute lil fella hummingbirds doves, sparrows, wrens, blackbirds, mockingbirds, cat birds, crows, robins, cardinal, woodpecker and if ya look up in the sky and sure as .... hope they stay there lol are them ugggggly turkey vultures, sometimes even hawks my husband points out to me. (I can't tell the difference....just looks like a big bird to me)

    What I used to see a lotta when I was younger were bluejays but don't even remember last time I saw one of them. Not sure why??

    VampireSkunk - hope them skeeters aren't the size of small birds over there.

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    This one was taken last year, but these pheasants are a regular visitor. They have figured out that they can get at the bird feeder by landing on top of our oil tank. Apart from that, they are as dumb as hell.
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